The Night Before Christmas, Deep Under the Sea

The Night Before Christmas, Deep Under the Sea

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The classic poem is retold as a tale from under the sea
Publisher: New York : Holiday House, [2012]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780823423361
Branch Call Number: PIC Kelleher, K 2012
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Audience: Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.5 0.5 153098
Additional Contributors: Andreasen, Dan - Illustrator


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SPL_Childrens Dec 12, 2012

The Night Before Christmas is given an underwater setting in another new retelling of Clement C. Moore’s beloved poem.

“On the night before Christmas, deep under the sea / Marine life was waiting with expectant glee. / Our seashells were hung on the coral with love / In hopes that dear Santa would appear from above.”

The night is peaceful, and sleepy young mermaids are curled up in their oyster beds with visions of periwinkles swimming through their heads.

Santa is recast as a kindly walrus driving a huge conch shell sleigh pulled by eight lively sea horses with names such as Limpet, Quahog, Urchin and Sea Dog.

The gentleman who witnesses Santa’s arrival is a lobster about to doze off for the night. “Then suddenly diving through briny waves’ courses / Came a huge conch shell sleigh and eight lively sea horses. / With a sprightly, tusked driver, it gave me some pause, / Then I knew he quite surely was dear Santa Claus.”

Clad in a waterproof red rubber suit and carrying a bag full of goodies slung over his shoulder, Santa looks like a jolly pirate hauling his loot. After placing some crisp new sand dollars in each stocking and adding a polar sea star to each Christmas tree, he gives a flap of his flipper and departs with his sea horses.

Kathie Kelleher’s light-hearted, rhyming narrative was inspired when she was snorkeling during a pre-Christmas vacation in Mexico with her family one year.


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